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WPI, a local non-profit medical research institute, located on the medical campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, received $100,000 as a regional winner in the 2011 Vivint Gives Back Project, an online charitable campaign that benefits non-profit organizations throughout the United States and Canada.
Vivint, one of the largest home automation companies in North America, announced the winners of its second annual online campaign at an event at the company’s headquarters in Provo, Utah. The company awarded a total of $1,2500,000, including a $250,000 grand prize, five regional prizes of $100,000 each, as well as two wildcard prizes of $25,000 a piece. The contest generated additional donations during several matching periods during which Vivint matched supporters’ donations.
The awards ceremony featured video footage and speakers from each winning charity. Annette Whittemore, President and CEO and Annie Beard, Director of Donor Relations, represented the WPI at the event.
I was very moved by the generosity of the employees of Vivint who gave of their own time and money to support the Vinint Gives Back Project, said Annette Whittemore. Their generous donation will provide additional support for the clinical and basic research program of WPI.
The five $100,000 regional winners included: Team Sanfilippo Foundation (Eastern Region); CURED Foundation (Midwestern Region); Whittemore Peterson Institute (Western Region); and the Utah Prader Willi Syndrome Association (Mountain Region); Light and Love (Canada).
The Grand Prize winner, the Foundation for Angelman’s Syndrome, was awarded $250,000.
During the contest, which ran from April 25 through August 27, fans of Vivint’s Facebook page nominated and voted for their favorite charities. The second phase of the contest narrowed the field from 2,382 organizations to just 100 regional finalists. Supporters from around the world rallied to cast votes and donate funds, which were matched by Vivint, during this final stage.
The Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease exists to bring discovery, knowledge, and effective treatments to patients with complex systemic illnesses that are characterized by acquired dysregulation of both the immune system and the nervous system, often resulting in life long disease and disability.
About Vivint Gives Back
The Vivint Gives Back project was created to focus the efforts of the employees at Vivint on banding together to alleviate hardship and restore hope for people in need. Through this program, Vivint employees have the opportunity to contribute time and resources to service projects ranging from clean-up efforts in the aftermath of the Joplin, Missouri tornado, to providing meals at a Ronald McDonald House and adopting a local elementary school where our employees mentor and tutor students at risk in a long term relationship.
Vivint, Inc. is one of the largest home automation companies in North America. Operating throughout the United States and Canada, the company retains more than 5,000 employees and services close to 500,000 customers. With award-winning customer service and smart technology, Vivint is dedicated to enhancing security, increasing energy efficiency, and creating simple, affordable home automation solutions for its customers. For more information, visit www.vivint.com.
About Whittemore Peterson Institute
Whittemore Peterson Institute is the nation’s first comprehensive translational medical research facility dedicated to neuro-immune disease research, treatment, education and outreach.
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